"Men like pie." Who would know the truth behind those words better than Elaina Brady's mother Maria? Months after she showed her teenage daughter how to bake perfect pie and hours after offering that culinary wisdom, Maria abandons Elaina, her sister Dee Dee and their father Walt. All it took was a lingering, lusty look from a Missoula trucker who stopped by their family's"Men like pie." Who would know the truth behind those words better than Elaina Brady's mother Maria? Months after she showed her teenage daughter how to bake perfect pie and hours after offering that culinary wisdom, Maria abandons Elaina, her sister Dee Dee and their father Walt. All it took was a lingering, lusty look from a Missoula trucker who stopped by their family's diner and ordered a slice of lemon meringue. Maria hitches a ride west with him, and with that impulsive decision, sixteen-year-old Elaina loses her mother and gains a job baking pies at the diner. A decade after Maria's departure, Elaina is still working at The Terminal Diner, just around the bend from an upstate New York airport. Her humdrum life is defined by pie-baking routine. Elaina realizes painfully that all she still knows about the opposite sex is summed up in the three last words her mother spoke to her. Then one deceivingly beautiful morning in September 2001, horrifying acts committed by terrorists a hundred miles away upset her world, bringing new influences into her life and inspiring her to be like her mother-impulsive. Will Elaina survive the consequences of her actions? This suspenseful story is the fourth novel by Amazon Top 100 bestselling author Mary Pat Hyland....
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The Terminal Diner Reviews
From: Lilac Wolf and StuffThe cover is so bright, that's what caught my attention in the Facebook group, Review Seekers when author MaryPat Hyland asked for reviews for her book. I looked it over, but for some reason I was expecting something different from this tale. Right away it goes into the tragedy of 9/11 and I admit that my eyes rolled and I nearly put the book down. Honestly I can't take the rabid patriot behavior surrounding that day, and was afraid this book would be full of it. Pleasantly surprised that she dealt with it in a way that it was a fact of life, and was honest about the way that so many people became paranoid and even more racist against people of Arab decent than ever before.Elaina, even though she has lived a VERY sheltered life, was upset and horrified by the events, but refused to judge all people by that one day. In fact, across the street 3 cousins opened a car dealership/repair shop. Elaina became good friends with Zahir, the young man who ran the repair business. One day when Elaina was stuck by the side of the road, Zahir was the only one who stopped by to help her. They became fast friends and Elaina and her father defended and recommended Zahir to all their customers.Elaina also befriends Rhey, a homosexual (yes this is an important characteristic because it's the only thing keeping them from being a couple - lol) artist from New York, who has returned home after a recent break-up to open a gallery at the old drive-in theater. Rhey is a lively character, and brings out the best in Elaina. He is constantly pushing her to be more spontaneous. When he goes on a month long cruise with his aunt, Elaina meets a sailor and elopes. Oh, poor Elaina has no idea who she just married. Part of her decision was based on her sister eloping with a friend and fellow cellist from Germany. It gets bad really fast, and the guy uses the "I'm a vet" line far too often that people start wondering if he really is.I could not like Elaina's mother. She ran off without a word to anyone with the first nice guy to walk in the diner because she felt trapped. Did she bother discussing that with Walt - seems like he only bought the diner because it was in her family. That really annoyed me because she ditched not only him but her 2 girls. And while she said it was just because of feeling trapped, did she write the girls, call them, send them cards and gifts? Nope, not a thing until DeeDee (the sister) calls her to invite her to the marriage party Walt is throwing. And even then she was reluctant about returning, it just came off as so selfish. And I'm not sure if that was intentional or not.The Terminal Diner has a great pace and while it is only 162 pages, it all fits in perfectly. Although I would have liked more romance between Walt (Elaina's father) and Angie - a long-time waitress in the diner.I enjoyed the story, one of those coming of age tales that we all love so much.
The last thing Elaina Brady's mother said to her before she left the family was Men like pie. And with those words and the knowledge on how to make pie Maria walked away from her 2 little girls, her husband and the diner that had been in her family. Years later while Elaina's sister Dee Dee has a life outside the diner and the town Elaina is still there baking pies and living with her dad. Then 9-11 happens and everything changes for her. She meets some new people and decides that life is too short to play it safe. But has she made the right decisions. I loved this book and could not put it down. I loved the characters and the fact that Mary Pat Hyland captured the mood of everyday people on 9-11 and the months afterwards. Do yourself a favor and get this book. I know one thing for certain is that I will be reading this book over and over again.
Elaina's mother left when she was sixteen. Her only advice - "Men like pies." So Elaina has spent the past twelve years working in the family diner making the best pies in the state. Her sister has a life, her friends have a life, but her life is the diner and making pies that men love. Then 9-11 happens and her life (and the lives of many others) will never be the same.For some reason I started reading this book expecting a murder mystery. There is murder and a bit of mystery, but I would classify this as more of a romance than a murder mystery. The story centers around a group of people and a diner located close to the airport (hence the name of the diner).I'll be honest, for the first several chapters of this book I was very bored. I know that the author had to lay some groundwork for the story to make sense, but the story just plodded along. Then, all of the sudden, it picked up and I couldn't put the book down. There were a couple of characters that could have been developed a bit more to help with the story line, but for the most part I enjoyed the book once I made it past those first few chapters. I will definitely be checking out her other books.I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
This well written novel started out as somewhat a tribute to those who were involved with the tragedies of 9/11. The Terminal Dinner follows the life of Elaina and describes how that one day changed her life. Although she only witnessed the horrors by television, she learns of tragedy through the different people she meets. A recurring dream haunts Elaina and throughout the novel she thinks that different people are the angel rescuing her in the dream. Due to a misguided childhood from a flighty mom,Elaina never learned the value of true romance which gets her into a dangerous situation. However, she is able to escape with the courage she receives from this dream and the constant support surrounding her. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast read with a constantly shifting plot, so it holds true to its suspense genre characteristics. The storyline was very detailed but with the constant switching of character perspectives, I became a little lost. Still, I would say 3.5 stars!
I thought this book was really great. The beginning of the book reminded me of the Twilight Zone in the way that it was written. It seemed more like a play than a novel but then it shifted toward the middle toward more of a novel. I enjoyed the characters thoroughly and their dynamics. It was a interesting read.